COVID-19 Advice

Updated: 6 January 2021

What COVID-19 means for you and your student life 

The global pandemic has affected people's lives in many ways, and student life is no exception. While NTSU has adapted its venues and services to ensure students' safety, you also have a part to play as a NTU student and a member of the local community. 

 A full breakdown of what the new rules mean for England can be found on the following Government webpage and further information for HE will be availiable shortly. You can also read what these restrictions mean in several different languages.  

The main rules in national lockdown.

You should remember ‘Hands, Face, Space’. In lockdown specifically:

  • You must not leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary. You may leave the home to:
  • Shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person.
  • Go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home.
  • Exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
  • Meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one.
  • Seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse).
  • Attend education or childcare - for those eligible.
  • Higher Education provision will remain online until mid February for all except future critical worker courses.
  • You cannot leave your home to meet socially with anyone you do not live with or are not in a support bubble with (if you are legally permitted to form one).

Breaching the rules may result in increased infection risk,You can be given a Fixed Penalty Notice of £200 for the first offence, doubling for further offences up to a maximum of £6,400. This disciplinary action, if a case is proven, could result in an expulsion from the university.

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NTSU has adapted its services to be COVID-safe in line with Government guidance; 
  • Our Information & Advice Service are open for virtual appointments. These are available between 8:30am-5pm Mon-Fri.
  • Our officers and academic reps are talking with students and liaising with university and local authorities to represent your views and experiences.  
  • We are suspending in person events in line with teaching moving online from 9th December. We are however working with our student societies to continue to run online activities and events
  • Our Clifton/City shops are open 10am-4pm Mon-Fri.You can buy food, drink, snacks and branded clothing safely on campus, or online
  • Our Brackenhurst shop is currently closed.
  • Our coffee shops are closed during the lockdown.
  • Our City building is still open with study spaces but only NTU students will be able to gain access using their student card. 

See our opening times

If you (or a housemate) have symptoms 

If you or anyone you live with shows symptoms of COVID-19, all members of your household should self-isolate in line with Government guidance. This is normally 10 days for the individual showing symptoms and 14 days for the rest of the household. NHS Test and Trace will let you know when you no longer need to isolate. If you fail is isolate when legally required to, you could be fined £1000-£10,000. 

You should also complete NTU's tracking form to let the University know your situation. This will cover you for non-attendance of classes and help NTU to support you. If you show symptoms, you should also get tested through the NHS. You can book a test here

COVID-19 symptoms include: 
  • A new, continuous cough 
  • A high temperature 
  • A loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell 

Self-isolation - what you need to know 

If you are self-isolating, you will need to fill in the NTU Tracker form. This is different from the NHS Test & Trace system. It helps you get support from NTU and can be used as evidence if you need to submit a Notice of Exceptional circumstances (NEC)

You can access your course and the library remotely to continue your studies. There are online events and activities you can access too. If you are not self-isolating but know people who are, do what you can to support them without putting yourself at risk. 

You can find the latest guidance on testing and self-isolating at You can access this information in video format if you prefer. 

Steps to stop spreading the virus 

  • Wash your hands regularly 
  • Keep your distance from your housemates and use separate towels 
  • Prepare your meals in the kitchen when no-one else is using it 
  • Disinfect surfaces you have touched after use 

Wearing face coverings 

Face coverings should be used when you’re in communal areas, corridors and lifts on NTU campus to help keep you and others safe. This includes building foyers and libraries. So long as social distancing is in place students can remove them when seated in dedicated study spaces which are COVID-19 secure. NTU is now encouraging students to wear face coverings during face to face teaching sessions, especially when requested to do so by your tutors.  You do not need to wear a face covering if you are exempt.   

You must also wear a mask in any essential shops that are open throughout the lockdown. 

You do not currently have to wear a mask in NTSU buildings (except in those areas where you are legally required to including our shops) but you must adhere to social distancing rules and follow signposted routes around our buildings. 

Signage is in place around the NTU estate to make it clear when and where you should wear a face covering.  Some people are exempt from wearing a mask. You can find more information about exemptions here

Ignoring the rules

You can be given a Fixed Penalty Notice of £200 for the first offence, doubling for further offences up to a maximum of £6,400.

Book an appointment with one of our advisors

Further information and resources 

For latest, detailed guidance, information, and support, please see these resources: 

UK Government Coronavirus information page 

Latest information about your student experience from NTU 

Information about testing, tracking, and self-isolating procedures at NTU 

Latest information and updates about NTSU venues and services 

For general advice and support, contact our Information & Advice Service